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on 2 November 2003
Mediaeval Baebes return with their 2nd compilation album which is culled from their previous four releases :- Salva Nos,Worldes Blysse,Undrentide,and The Rose. All of these albums have brought the group much critical acclaim,and even topped the classical album charts,much to the annoyance of classical music purists. This success is well deserved though, as this compilation will bear out. Founder Members Katharine Blake and Dorothy Carter (who sadly passed away a couple of months ago) gathered their friends together and set traditional mediaeval literature to music. The result isnt authentic mediaeval music, but kind of a mediaeval pastiche, and this works very well. Using real mediaeval instruments such as the hurdy gurdy, and psaltery along with recorders,drums,even guitars the girls manage to make the most beatiful music youre ever likely to hear.
The album opens with two well known Seasonal songs :-Holly and the Ivy and Gaudete which are both new recordings,before the absolutely bewitching "L'amour d'Moi" which has featured on both the Baebes album "the Rose" and Dorothy's solo album.Moving through the album there is much to fall in love with,particulary the sprightly jaunt of "Undrentide" and the Wintery majesty of "Blow Northern Wind".Taking in such songs as Kinderely and Love me broughte,I am Eve etc these girls have made an album that is the alternative to the alternative and will appeal to everyone from the Goths to the Grannies.I seriously recommend you buy this album now!!!
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on 6 November 2003
This album is a must for those new to the music of the Mediaeval Baebes. The perfect backdrop for Christmas and beyond and the new recording of Salva Nos is breathtaking. Brilliant!!!
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I first heard the Mediaeval Baebes on a UK double CD (Best carols in the world ever) featuring three of their trackss (Guadete, Coventry carol, Adam lay ibounden), all of which can also be found on teir debut album, but my curiosity only became aroused when that UK double CD was updated and repackaged with a different title (Best Christmas carols ever) and all the Mediaeval Baebes tracks were omitted with other choirs replacing them. My research showed that they have become an established group (albeit with line-up changes) and are now very successful in their chosen style, which some may regard as classical but (since they sing with their natural voices rather than operatic voices) seems more like traditional folk music to me.
This is not a Christmas album in the true sense of the word although there are some recognizable Christmas carols here - rather it is a compilation of music taken from their earlier albums together with a couple of re-recordings and two completely new recordings. I would have liked some liner notes giving some detailed information about the songs but very little information is actually provided. Apparently, much more information can found in the booklets provided with the original album releases. Still, it's the music that counts and, when it comes to choral music, this is as good as it gets.
The set opens with The holly and the ivy, set to the tune that everybody is familiar with. I seem to remember reading somewhere that this tune, although old, is not the original tune written for the song. This is where liner notes would be useful - and as this is one of the new recordings, their original albums won't help. Given that the Mediaeval Baebes aim to re-record very old songs, it would have been nice to hear them sing it to its original tune if it really was different from the current one. I suppose it doesn't matter since they sing the song superbly anyway.
Other Christmas carols that you are likely to recognize are Gaudete (revived most famously by folk-rockers Steeleye Span), In dulce jubilo (a new recording for this album, it was recorded in the seventies by Mike Oldfield, who had a UK hit with his instrumental version) and The Coventry carol. The other songs are unfamiliar to me but the group perform them all brilliantly. The other song of theirs on that UK carols compilation (Adam lay ibounded) is not included, but there's plenty else to make up for that omission.
The instruments used to back the group (mostly played by members of the group) are interesting. They include a zither, a hurdygurdy, a citern, a glockenspiel, an astrowheel and three different types of recorder - not the kind of instruments to be heard regularly on pop and rock albums. I was particularly pleased to find the recorders here. Like many Brits of my generation, I was forced to learn to play the recorder at school (I did so very badly) and so the recorder has never had a great reputation, but when played well and in the right setting (as here), it sounds wonderful.
This is a fine compilation in many ways but it may be that one of the original albums (which apparently have detailed liner notes) will provide an even better introduction to the music of the Mediaeval Baebes. Despite my reservations, this is still (easily) a five-star album and I'll certainly listen to more of their music eventually.
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on 6 November 2003
This album is a must for those new to the music of the Mediaeval Baebes. The perfect backdrop for Christmas and beyond and the new recording of Salva Nos is breathtaking. Brilliant!!!
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on 10 February 2009
Wonderful, clear singing. They sing in Latin, French and Middle English, but the music of their voices is just fantastic. I cannot recommend it more highly and if you get a chance to see them in concert, it is a must.
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on 23 November 2012
Just the thing for that background music over Christmas dinner or chillin' out with your mince pies and brandy! An ideal Christmas present for the initiated, and a great introduction to this genre for those who aren't!
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on 19 January 2013
Its another one to the collection and its great, if you are just relaxing with a glass of wine this is the music you need.
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on 20 January 2016
Beautifully sung and appropriate to period. I bought another cd of this group.
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on 28 January 2016
great CD, thank you
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on 4 March 2004
There are two types of crossover album: the sort where a rock musician brings his talents to bear on the classical repertoire, and the sort where a classical musician tries hers on the popular side. It's difficult to say which category the Mediaeval Baebes fall into, largely because of a wretched lack of talent for music of any kind. To get an idea of their style, pop round to your local primary school to listen to the choir, though the chances are you will hear rather better singing than the flat, toneless whining on offer here. Whether you judge them by the standards of the classical or pop music worlds, the Baebes simply can't sing; sitting through an hour of their half-hearted efforts is a grim experience indeed. This album is an insult to anyone but the cloth-eared -- if you want to hear real medieval music sung by real women with real musicianship, try Anonymous 4.
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